The human voice is the only musical instrument that uses words to communicate its message. How the music and text support each other has fascinated composers, lyricists, singers, and audiences for well over a thousand years. And hasn't everyone felt that feeling of frustration when they can't understand the words. How many times have you been surprised when you read the lyrics to a song you thought you understood? Learning how to articulate words clearly is important in almost all styles of singing in order to convey meaning, and it takes a little practice and awareness of the differences between speech and singing.